It appears that collegians in Texas soon will be able to pack heat on campus.
The Texas Senate on Monday passed a bill that will allow handgun license holders to carry concealed guns in college and university buildings. And, yes, the bill could also clear the way for gun-toting law students.
This Reuters report says the legislation is likely to garner broad support in the Texas House and from Governor Rick Perry, a gun enthusiast.
“My goal this whole time is to put doubt in the mind of the shooter that, ‘Well, maybe I shouldn’t go on that campus and try to take a bunch of kids out,’” Texas senator Jeff Wentworth, the author of the bill, told Reuters.
Utah is the only other state that allows guns on college campuses.
Opponents in the Texas legislature have said that security could be compromised by the legislation, the Austin American Statesmen reports.
In another measure, the Statesman reports, the Texas Senate this week gave legislators in the state the right to carry firearms anywhere they want, including schools, bars and hospitals.
Recent high-profile shootings, such as the one in Arizona in January, have bolstered a belief among many gun advocates that one of the solutions to protecting people is to have more guns available, not less. In many states, the push to allow students and faculty to carry concealed weapons came after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, as the WSJ reported here.